VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLorida -- Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies used an Instagram Live video to locate and arrest a man wanted on grand theft auto charges, a spokesman said.
Deputies on Nov. 16 put out a warrant for the arrest of Kevin Gaines Jr. on charges of grand theft auto, resisting a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license. He also had warrants on bond revocation for discharging a firearm from a vehicle, among other charges.
On Thursday, deputies received information about a vehicle Gaines was driving and spotted it outside a house in DeLand, said spokesman Andrew Gant.
Deputies learned Gaines was livestreaming on Instagram in the house so they shined a light through a window. The light showed up on the video, confirming Gaines was inside the home, Gant said.
“Get into the house, he just shut his [Instagram] live off and said the cops are here,” Deputy Billy Leven said over the radio, according to body camera video.
Law enforcement surrounded the house and Gaines was arrested, Gant said.
During a search of the house, three firearms were recovered, along with a fourth found underneath a vehicle in the driveway.
Gaines was twice arrested last year in an armed carjacking in Deltona in December 2018 and a drive-by shooting at an Ormond Beach skating rink in November 2018.
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